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A Warm Welcome at Winkleigh Morris
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

July 21, 2016: Ever since Sylvia Duffy organised evening classes in morris dancing for her regulars at the former Winkleigh Hotel back in January 1990, Winkleigh Morris have been active in the area, and further afield. In our colourful red, white & black kit we perform in villages around Winkleigh, at various events and festivals in Devon and the rest of the U.K. We’ve also danced in Holland, Germany, France, Ireland and the Channel Isles. Many men and woman – and children – have danced with us over the years, and several of the original members are still dancing. We currently have a membership of around 20 people, but we are always keen to welcome new members , since inevitably personal, health, or employment issues can so easily reduce the viability of any club or society. We practice every Tuesday from the end of September to the end of April in Winkleigh Community Centre, from 8pm until 10 pm. There is no membership fee – only a contribution of £1 from each person attending, to cover hire of the hall. New members pay nothing for the first two weeks. No previous dance experience is necessary. The first few practices are specifically focussed towards new dancers. We also welcome new musicians - particularly squeezebox, fiddle or whistle players, though other instruments can also work. When we first started we had a very active children’s team. To encourage youngsters to have a go, we will be holding a special taster session on Tuesday 27th September from 7 to 8 pm at the Community Centre. . If there is enough support, this could continue on a regular basis – or at some other convenient time. We are a very friendly sociable group. If you would like to have a go at this traditional English custom, get a bit of exercise and have a bit of fun, please contact Colin on 01363 877216 (bonnygreen@btinternet.com) or Averil on 01271 831461 – or just come along on a Tuesday evening. More details on our website: www.winkleighmorris.org.uk Facebook: winkleigh-morris-dancers Twitter: @winkleighmorris We are dancing at the New Inn, Sampford Courtenay on 16th August, the Green Dragon, Northlew on 23rd August, and Hatherleigh, opposite the Tally Ho, on Sept. 6th, all at 8 pm.

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